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Quick and Easy Holiday Quilts

18 Nov

I love working with panels when I need to do something quick.  I have had this panel for a while, and wanted to make a friend a birthday gift.   I started it yesterday, now I am ready to put the back on it and quilt it.

Making An Inexpensive Sewing Table

15 Nov

I have needed a better setup for my sewing machine for a long time.  A couple of years ago I picked up this little oak desk for $10.00.  My husband cut a hole in the top to fit my sewing machine at the time.  It worked quite well for a long time, until I decided I wanted to learn how to quilt my own quilts, and found it to be way to small. I would have to move my converted desk out to the middle of the room and surround it with tables. That became quite a nuisance.  Last week my wonderful husband  revamped my little desk again, and look what I got.  This so nice, it makes sewing much more enjoyable.

If anyone of you are wanting to go bigger, but can’t afford it either money wise or room wise, this is an excellent alternative.  The total cost to do

Drop leaf up.

this was $60.00.

Revamped desk with leaf down.

This was fast and easy to do.  I think it took a total of 4 hours to do this.  We bought a 4′ x 8′  sheet of melamine board, had the hardware store cut it for us.  My husband cut out the hole for the sewing machine.  Screwed the top on to the top.  We put piano hinges on for the drop leaf.  Then he ironed on the melamine facing to cover all of the raw edges.  The nice part is if we ever move, he just has to unscrew everything so we can get it out of the house.

Thanks for looking, and may every stitch be a happy stitch!


One Seam Flying Geese

27 Oct
Flying Geese Block for Holly

Flying Geese Block for Holly (Photo credit: Cut To Pieces)


I was dumbstruck when I watched this.  Making the Flying Geese Block is probably the least favorite thing for most quilters.  This makes it so easy, and it actually makes the quilt block look  three dimensional.  I can’t wait to try it.

The picture to the right, is not part of the video.  I put it on here for those of you that might not know what Flying Geese are.

May Every Stitch Be a Happy Stitch!

Helpful Tools That Don’t Cost an Arm and a Leg

25 Oct

I have spent the last two days cutting out a quilt.  This quilt has a lot of curves.  I wanted to rotary cut it, but found ou t,  I was trimming my pattern every time I made the corner.  That is not a good thing to have  happen.  I dug out my mat that rotates, but it was so stiff, I couldn’t get as nice of a cut as I needed.  I started going through all of my tools that I have accumulated, nothing that I had bought for quilting was working.  Then I remembered a block my husband made me for tracing  the Dear Jane quilt pieces. One side has sandpaper, the other side has a cutting mat. Instead of trying to cut the pieces with the template in place, I placed my strips of fabric on the sandpaper block, traced around my template, ( after I made a new one), it cut my time in half.  Then I dug out my old lazy susan.  By placing my block on it, with the mat side up, I was able to cut out my pieces quickly and accurately.

The other item I was having trouble with was the quilters tracing pencil.  After much frustration with it, I threw it in the garbage and grabbed my white colored pencil.  It worked perfect.

It just goes to show you, sometimes tools of the trade are not as good as improvising.

Happy Quilting!

This is on the sandpaper side of my block

Flipped over to the cutting side.

Sitting on the Lazy Susan Turn Table. It turns freely, making cutting smooth.


7 Oct

Today I was reminiscing in my mind how far I have come with quilting.  When I was in junior high school, my home-economics teacher told me I would never be good at sewing.  The reason being I could not follow simple directions.  The very first project we had in sewing was to make a skirt, with exactly one inch pleats.(Not simple instructions)  I ripped that sucker out so many times, the fabric was see through.  I finally threw it in the garbage, and got a F in the class,my mother did go  to bat for me, got the grade changed to a D, so I did not have to take her class again.  But this teacher made me not want to ever touch a sewing machine again.

When I was in my early 30’s I got interested in doing crafts, and  baby blankets.  I found a 1949 Kenmore sewing machine in an old barn on some property my parents bought.  I took it to Sears, asked them if it was fixable.  They cleaned it up, serviced it. It cost me $25., I took it home and started messing around with it.  I loved that sewing machine.  It had the best stitches on it.  It  was a perfect machine for me to get my feet wet  to try sewing again.   I found I was pretty good at sewing things that were flat.  No inset seams, no pleats, and no teacher barking at me.

I went to work full-time, and between working, raising kids, and taking care of property, I lost interest again in sewing.  Mostly for the lack of time. I finally got rid of the sewing machine.  It was just collecting dust.

Seven years ago we retired.  I found myself with too much time on my hands.  I was telling my neighbor I was tempted to buy a sewing machine and learn how to quilt.  She informed me she had taught quilting for 20 some years, and would be honored to teach me.  Guess what, I bought a sewing machine, she taught me how to quilt, and I have not looked back.  (This teacher was nice)

Anyone who has ever had people in their lives that have made them feel like a failure,  you are not the failure,  I have come to the realization, those people are the bigger failure.    Don’t let anyone tell you,  you are not good at something.  If it is something you want to do, find people who will help you, encourage you, and help you laugh at yourself when you screw up.  I am so glad I did, I have found a passion, that has turned into an addiction, and I have actually had the privilege to teach my granddaughter, my best friend, and now another friend wants me to teach her how to quilt.

If  there is something you really want to try, don’t derail yourself, and above all don’t let others derail you.  Your biggest regret will be not trying.

Have a wonderful day!

Launching Web Site

16 Sep

I think we have put the final touches on the web site.

You can now type in and go directly to it.

Take a look and let me know what you think.


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